Clarence Gagnon

1881-1942 Clarence A. Gagnon, born in Montreal; his father was Canadian and his mother English. Studied at the school of Art Association of Montreal under William Bymner, 1897-1900. He first visited Baie-Saint-Paul in 1900. Went to Paris in 1904 and studied at the Academie Julian (1904-1905). Influenced by Morrice. Returned to Canada in 1909. Divided his time until 1914 between Montreal, Baie-Saint-Paul, and Paris. A.R.C.A. in 1909, R.C.A. in 1922. Lived mostly in Europe, 1922-1936, painting in France, and Norway in the summers. Illustrated L.F. Rouquette's Le grand silence blanc (1928) and Hemon's Maria Chapdelaine (1934). Honorary doctorate (Montreal), 1938. In 1941 he exhibited a model of French Canadian village which he hoped to build as an outdoor museum. Painter and etcher. Died in Montreal.